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One of my main outlets is podcasting, and recently I asked online if anyone would like to do a speculative episode of my film show in which we ‘fix’ a broken movie, discussing why it failed and how we could try and improve it. The first one to be suggested? Avengers: Age of Ultron. That came as no surprise to me because given it was without question my third most anticipated movie of 2015 (after Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Spectre, Fyi), it thoroughly disappointed me. Granted, given I wanted to see it in IMAX, I unfortunately had no choice but to watch it in IMAX 3D in seats far too close to the gigantic screen for comfort; cue a raging headache which arguably didn’t help my mood when I left and said »
- Tony Black
In just nine short days, Captain America: Civil War will hit theaters, kicking off Marvel Phase 3 with an explosive battle that splits the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe in half. Well, almost the entire McU. Among the two most noteworthy exclusions from this adventure are Chris Hemsworth's Thor and Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, who will actually be teaming up together in next year's Thor: Ragnarok, which starts filming this summer in Australia. As it turns out, Thor isn't too pleased that he wasn't invited to this battle.
The Russo Brothers Facebook page posted a new video today with Chris Hemsworth "in character" as the mighty Asgardian Thor, who weighs in on which side he'd take, Team Cap or Team Iron Man. Thor wouldn't pick a side, calling out his fellow Avengers Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) for not inviting both Thor and Hulk to join this battle. »
The conveyor belt of superhero flicks is making its third go-round for the blockbuster “Thor.” The addition to the long-haired, half-alien hero saga is titled “Thor: Ragnarok.” Back on board for the feature is CD Sarah Finn, who, along with this franchise, has cast a plethora of other Marvel hero films. The plot for the upcoming feature will find the hammer-wielding blond returning to his beloved planetary home, Asgard, in an attempt to save it from the apocalyptic Ragnarok. Fan favorites are back for the film with a few new additions: The Australia-bound project will feature Jaimie Alexander, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, and Tessa Thompson. Filming for the Marvel Studios project will begin in July. The characters in “Annabelle 2” may want to think about calling the new “Ghostbusters” team to rid themselves of some nasty spirits. The film, a sequel to the 2014 thriller, is gearing up for more spooks. »
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Are you ready for another ride with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube? In "Ride Along 2," the comedy duo return as partners (and brothers-in-law-to-be) to tackle a new crime in Miami. The movie comes out on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on Tuesday, April 26. The DVD and Blu-ray both include deleted scenes, a gag reel, feature commentary, and several featurettes; the Blu-ray also includes five other special features.
This film has a rather labored history to the big screen, but you can see the results for yourself on DVD/Blu-ray April 26. Natalie Portman plays »
- Gina Carbone
Anyone who saw Taika Waititi’s exemplary vampire-mockumentary What We Do In Shadows instantly leapt for joy when it was announced that the Kiwi filmmaker would be overseeing Thor: Ragnarok. Obviously, the fact that all of Taika Waititi’s previous films have been made in New Zealand led to slight worries that he might struggle under the rigors of Hollywood and Marvel. But his impending film Hunt For The Wilderpeople not only immediately puts these concerns to bed, but it also proves that he is the perfect choice to direct Thor: Ragnorak. With Thor: Ragnarok still over 18 months away and production imminent, we still don’t know all that much about its plot, except that it will include Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk. In fact, the actor himself described Thor: Ragnarok as "a universal road movie" earlier this year, even comparing the relationship between »
There have been a lot of very cool conversations taking place at this year's Tribeca Film Festival as part of their Director's Series. Just yesterday, we got to share the full chat that took place between Joss Whedon and Mark Ruffalo that was rather candid in going through Whedon's career. And today, thanks to the festival, we have the opportunity to let you take a look at the entire discussion... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
The Tribeca Film Festival has been host to some great conversations this year (check out the hour long talk with Joss Whedon and Mark Ruffalo), and one of the most surprising pairings saw J.J. Abrams and Chris Rock brought together for a wide-ranging discussion. While Abrams' comments about the similarities between "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope," as well as his tease about Rey's parentage, have been widely reported, that was just a small taste of what he touched upon with Rock. Throughout their conversation, Abrams was candid about his various missteps over the years, and once again fessed up that on "Star Trek Into Darkness," he went overboard with the lens flare. Read More: Tribeca Review: Tom Tykwer's 'A Hologram For The King' Starring Tom Hanks “I’m over that,” he said of the technique. “For a period of time, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A few days ago, some quotes from a talk between Joss Whedon and Mark Ruffalo started circulating in regards to the filmmaker's thoughts on Avengers: Age Of Ultron. That chat took place at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, and, while it's easy for all of us to focus solely on the Marvel portion of their conversation, given that's what dominates the movie landscape and its... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
"It's not too late to recast — you know I have Joaquin Phoenix on speed dial,” Mark Ruffalo would say at the end of each day to director Joss Whedon early into production on “The Avengers.” And reunited for a conversation at the Tribeca Film Festival, it was that kind of talk: loose and fun, but also addressing seriously their craft, methods, history and more. As the man behind "Firefly," "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," "Cabin In The Woods," and more, it may not surprise you that Whedon has little interest in doing a straight drama. “I’m always doing something large and dire in my scripts and in my ideas,” Whedon said. “It’s always genre. There’s always some big concept I can build off of. The world is often threatened or the lives of people. It’s not very Sundance-y. Nobody’s going to go on a road trip and talk about family. »
- Edward Davis
You may never find yourself at the Tribeca Film Festival, let alone in Tribeca itself — you certainly can’t afford to live there! am I right! — but even those remote from its happenings have some reason to be thankful. In the tradition of years past, they’ve hosted and, best of all, put online their Tribeca Talks, a series of (drum roll) discussions between leading figures in the film and entertainment industry. It’s like a podcast, except there’s a better chance that these people have life experience and know what they’re talking about.
2016 offers another fine set of participants: J.J. Abrams and Chris Rock; Joss Whedon and Mark Ruffalo; and Susanne Bier and Tom Hiddleston, who have AMC’s The Night Manager to promote. The others are a bit looser-limbed, though, of course, your mileage will vary based on what’s actually of interest.
But what else do you need? »
- Nick Newman
Marvel Studios touch down with their first big movie of 2016, and Captain America: Civil War has the potential of becoming the biggest film of the year. Read our Captain America Civil War review below.
Captain America Civil War review
Coming in at a total running time of 2 hours and 27 minutes, Captain America: Civil War is the longest, and most ambitious Marvel movie to date. Assembling pretty much all of the Avengers, excluding Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, here we’re treated to a delicious, visual treat which may be the ‘can-do-no-wrong’ Marvel Studios best adventure yet.
The story picks up with a superb opening sequence involving the title character and various other members of the team as they attempt to pursue the allusive Crossbones (Frank Grillo); a stunning set-piece which »
- Paul Heath
Marvel's Captain America: Civil War has already started screening for critics and select audiences as it embarks on a global press tour ahead of its May 6 release date. We already know that this superhero adventure will feature almost every established hero within the McU, with the notable exceptions of Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth). But there is another character that we won't get to see as well. The Wrap reports that, despite rumors that surfaced last month, Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts will not be featured in Captain America: Civil War.
Back in February, it was widely reported that Gwyneth Paltrow, who hasn't been seen since Iron Man 3, was brought in to reprise her Pepper Potts role when Captain America: Civil War underwent reshoots earlier this year. That report didn't offer any details as to how she will fit into the story, but sources now claim that »
Shortly after the release of Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, director Joss Whedon revealed in several interviews that the process of making a sequel to one of the biggest movies of all time "broke him." He hinted numerous times that he had clashed with Marvel about certain aspects of the movie. Earlier this week during a Tribeca Film Festival panel with Mark Ruffalo, the filmmaker shed some new light on a scene that didn't make it into the movie, which involved Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). While he wouldn't say exactly what happened in this scene, he did tease that it would have wrapped up the potential romance between these characters.
"The word came down to cut out the ending. Which I understood. They were like, 'Don't resolve this, leave it in the air, and then we'll solve it later.' And I understood it, and agree with what they wanted. »
A year on, Joss Whedon's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is looked back on as arguably one of the minor mid-tier entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Expectations were sky high following both the commercial and critical success of the first "The Avengers" that reviews for the ambitious but flawed follow-up were understandably more muted.
At the time of release, Whedon himself made headlines for talking fairly candidly about his exhaustion and arguments with the Marvel higher-ups, one of the big reasons he handed the creative reins of the "Avengers" films over to the Russo brothers for the next one. At a Q&A with Mark Ruffalo at the Tribeca Film Festival this week (via EW), Whedon addressed the current perceptions of the film's quality and his public misgivings with the end result:
"Ultron, I'm very proud of. There are things that did not meet my expectations of myself, and »
- Garth Franklin
Reflecting on the process of helming Avengers: Age of Ultron, director Joss Whedon has conceded that he came off Marvel’s superhero tentpole “beaten down” and “exhausted” last year, even going so far as to say that he did both the movie and himself a disservice.
Closing out the Tribeca Film Festival with fellow Marvelite Mark Ruffalo (via Variety), Whedon offered up a heartfelt account of directing Age of Ultron, and why it seemingly still keeps him awake at night:
“I was so beaten down by the process,” Whedon said. “Some of that was conflicting with Marvel, which is inevitable. A lot of it was about my own work, and I was also exhausted.”
On the panel, Ruffalo admitted that he pleaded with Whedon to remain on board all throughout Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok and even Avengers: Infinity War. But the filmmaker stated simply that, while he’s “very proud” of Age of Ultron, »
- Michael Briers
We all know that Avengers: Age Of Ultron almost broke Joss Whedon. Buoyed by the monumental success of The Avengers, Whedon went straight into the sequel expecting things to be just as plain sailing. Sadly, he was wrong, as he found himself at loggerheads with Marvel over certain aspects of the film. And now Joss Whedon has revealed that Black Widow and Bruce Banner.s romance in Avengers: Age Of Ultron was adversely affected by some specific cuts forced by the studio. Joss Whedon made this admission during his discussion with his very own incarnation of Bruce Banner, Mark Ruffalo, at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. After the pair were asked what their favorite scenes from the Avengers films were, Mark Ruffalo admitted that he adored the "unrequited love" sequence between Bruce Banner/Hulk and Scarlett Johansson.s Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. Joss Whedon then insisted that he also loved this »
Marvel has a very well-oiled, fairly predictable marketing machine. A movie comes out, the directors and cast do the circuit and talk about the enjoyment they had making the movie, while Kevin Feige offers clues about where the franchise will go next. But for "Avengers: Age Of Ultron," Joss Whedon broke that formula. He was candid about his battles with Marvel over various elements of the movie, dished on the complications of trying to manage the crossover between Marvel TV and movies, opened up about how little he was paid for "The Avengers," announced his departure from Marvel, and said directing "Avengers: Infinity War" was "a young man's game." However, a year later, Whedon has offered an apology for his comments during that time. Sitting down for a conversation with Mark Ruffalo at the Tribeca Film Festival, the filmmaker acknowledges he was probably wasn't doing anybody any favors last year »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director Joss Whedon and Oscar nominated actor Mark Ruffalo took part in a Q&A session during the Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan, New York over the weekend. Whedon had directed Ruffalo along with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner in two Avengers films for Marvel Studios starting with 2012's The Avengers and last year's Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
During the press tour for Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Whedon had made several remarks about clashing with Marvel Studios over the final cut of the film which involved adding specific scenes that Whedon wanted to keep in the film and scenes that Marvel wanted in the film as well.
Whedon explained why he made those remarks saying:
“Ultron, I’m very proud of. There were things that did not meet my expectations of myself and then I was so beaten down by the process. Some »
- J.B. Casas
Chu will premiere Now You See Me 2 in cinemas this summer, and will then start up work on the third movie, which once again revolves around the mysterious masters of illusion, the Four Horsemen.
Lionsgate must be very confident of the summer movie, but let’s not forget how well the first one did a couple of years back. Now You See Me, which starred Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson and Mark Ruffalo, among others, made over $360 million worldwide. They all return for the sequel, which also sees Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan and Michael Caine also appear.
Now You See Me 2 opens on June 10th.
- Paul Heath
A year after the release of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Joss Whedon has been chatting at the Tribeca Film Festival with Mark Ruffalo. And as he teased that he's got a new project he's writing that "super good" and "a definite departure", he's also looked back on his bump Avengers sequel.
"Ultron, I’m very proud of", he said. "There were things that did not meet my expectations of myself and then I was so beaten down by the process".
"Some of that was conflicting with Marvel, which is inevitable and a lot of that was about my own work and I was also exhausted, and we right away went and did publicity", he added. "I created the narrative - wherein I’m not quite accomplished at - »
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